So often we’re told to “Just trust your gut,” but what does it mean and more importantly, how do you do it?
Gut instinct, or intuition, is your immediate understanding of something; there’s no need to think it over or get another opinion—you just know.
Intuition is a term that can make some people feel slightly unsettled. Your intuition arises as a feeling within your body that only you experience. Because the feeling is so personal, no one else can weigh in to tell you if you’re in touch with your gut instinct or not. You alone must make the call.
Throughout our lives many people will have ideas about what’s best for you, some held with good intentions and some coming from a place of deceitful, harmful, selfish intent. It’s sometimes hard to tell which category someone falls into, but if you put aside all those external opinions and instead listen to the advice of your own intuition, it will guide you to what is truly best for you.
However, the process of trusting your gut is not as simple as the phrase implies, though, especially when certain habits and circumstances pull us strongly and often unconsciously in the opposite direction.
“You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind”.
it’s still there inside of us, waiting for us to summon its wisdom. So how one can carve a clearer path toward your own intuition and begin to draw it out regularly in your life.
§ Slow Down & Clear Your Mind
A calm mind is a pleasant place to dwell and is resilient when faced with life’s inevitable shocks. Just slow down and enjoy the present moment and help you to become more mindful during your everyday life. Slowing down helps you better recognize and process the information you receive, not only in your mind but also in your body. Slowing down helps you better recognize and process the information you receive, not only in your mind but also in your body.
- Practice Gratitude
- Show Appreciation
- Stop Worrying and Smile Often
§ Observe Sensations in Your Body
Intuition is grounded within the sensations inside of the body, so learning to recognize what’s going on within your body. Note that “feelings” and “sensations” interchangeably to describe intuition, note the slight distinction here. Understanding how your body feels in response to an emotion—for example, anger feels tight, sore, hot, and tingly—rather than simply naming an emotion like sad, angry, or frustrated.
§ Focus on You
Think of your relationship with yourself as you would any other relationship. You have to work at it. Put yourself first. Value yourself enough to discover who you are beyond how other people see you or what they want from you. Your intuition is part of your highest, wisest self, so make sure the focus is squarely on you.
§ Take Action
The feeling of intuition is like an ocean current navigating you toward a purposeful life. Once you discover it, you still need to jump in a boat and set sail in order to derive its full value. It might be the tiniest step, but size doesn’t matter here. Small steps can actually be beneficial at first to gradually build trust with your intuitive self whom you may be meeting for the first time or becoming reacquainted with after an unhealthy relationship separated you. What’s important is that you are following your intuition.
Remember that trusting your intuition is a journey which will lead you back through these steps often as circumstances change and life continues to move onwards. Consider your intuition as a muscle to strengthen.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary”.
With this note, I wish you a very Happy, Healthy and a Blissful New Year in advance. God Bless You All.